decipheringscars said:I have no evidence, but I suspect prank calls are less common now, for 2 reasons I can think of: first, caller ID sorta spoils it all, and second, most kids now have a lot more things to do before they get bored enough to think, "I know, phone up a stranger!" But who knows. I don't think it was ever all that prevalent.
Prank phone calling is just a subset of a wider culture of anonymous communication which is bigger than ever. Surely the phenomenon has moved onto the Net now what with trolling, Twitter threats and related arrests, malicious fake identities etc. etc...? Technology has enabled even more potential for this kind of mischief, not less, and people certainly seem to be taking advantage of that to express their demons. All the Twitter trouble lately and the instances of teenagers being 'trolled to suicide' suggests this is all coming to a head in some quarters.